GMVCC SENIOR PROGRAM
Our goal is to enhance the health and social well-being of our adult community by providing access to health and social services, as well as opportunities for education, recreation, and involvement with the community.
For all senior games and activities (Walking Group, Book Club, Painting, Pinochle etc), we suggest a donation of $1 to help us continue to offer these programs.
For more information about the Senior Program,
Positive social interactions on a consistent basis help keep seniors stimulated, mentally sharp, and intellectually engaged, often leading to reduced stress and longer lifespan.
Lunch is made in-house by our cooks Carol and Lorrie and served after Bingo at noon every M/W/F. We alternate days with the Black Diamond Community Center which provides congregate meals at their site on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The purpose of this program is to provide nutritious meals in a group setting, encourage social interaction, reduce isolation, and to make support services available to seniors age 60 and over.
For those individuals ages 60+, a suggested donation of $4 helps cover the cost of the meal. For those younger than 60, there is a $7 fee for lunch.
We are now seeking volunteers for our Senior Lunch Program! Duties include: Helping with preparing meals, serving seniors, washing dishes, and cleaning up after program.
Wednesdays and/or Fridays from 9am-1pm.
Stop in and complete the volunteer application.
(we will do a background check)
We are pleased to offer fun and interesting trips for ages 50+. All trips include transportation, parking fees, a staff member, and admission fees unless otherwise noted. Trips are typically scheduled on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month. Payment is due at time of registration. Reservations may be refunded minus a $5 service fee if made more than 24 hours in advance.
Everyone loves a good party! At GMVCC we make holidays special and festive for our participants, and host various dances, parties, and luncheons throughout the year, including our monthly birthday party on the 4th Wednesday of every month.
Join us for Bingo in the main hall on M/WF at 11:00 am (unless otherwise noted). Play up to 2 cards for 10-12 games. Cost is approx $2.00 for the session. Thank you to our volunteer Bingo callers that make this program possible!
Join our monthly book club for lively conversation and to meet new people, too. Selections will include both fiction and non-fiction and we are always looking for suggestions. We meet the first Monday of the month at 10am in the lending library. You are responsible for getting your own copy of the book selection.
Sit in for a hand of Pinochle on M/W/F after lunch, or drop in, starting at 12:30. If you don't play this games, we have cribbage, Phase 10, Mexican Train, Yahtzee, and regular card decks available. Bring a friend!
Drop in Wednesdays at 12:30 to play this tile-based game of skill, strategy, and calculation, with a degree of chance, similar to the card game of rummy. We play the Chinese-American version which uses tiles and no cards. This is not the same version as the national Mah Jong League.
Join us for this addictive dice game quarterly in FEB, MAY, AUG and NOV on the second Wednesday in the Main Hall. Just $5 to play! Please register in advance at the front desk to reserve your spot.
Oils, acrylics, watercolors and more, beginner or advanced, everyone is welcome! There is no instructor, but artists share ideas and company while painting in our main hall. You must bring you own art supplies. Group meets every Friday at 1:00pm.
Do you quilt, knit, crochet, tat, sew, etc? The GMVCC Quilting and Needle Arts Group welcomes you to come to The Den Youth Center every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 10:30am to share ideas, skills, and stories. Stay for lunch at noon in the Main Hall!
Evidence shows that compared to those who are less active, older adults who are physically active exhibit higher levels of functional health, lower risk of falling, and better cognitive function.
Designed to increase strength, flexibility, posture, and balance, this class provides a combination of gentle yoga poses and stretches, strength conditioning, focused breathing techniques, and simple reflection practices. Instructor Candi gives instruction and special attention to accommodate individual ability and health conditions. There will be no floor work. Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-10am in The Den. Drop-in cost is $10, punch cards available for a discounted rate. Your first class is free.
Take a Hike
Led by Tracy, this popular program runs March-October. Hikes range from 3-6 miles and vary in difficulty. Costs, which include transportation and leadership, range from $12-20. Hikes fill quickly, so check the Senior Calendar and be sure to sign up right away!
From helping you lose weight and de-stress to lowering your blood pressure and reducing your risk of many chronic diseases—going for regular walks is one of the best and easiest things you can do for your health. Join this dedicated group for an hour-long walk on the Lake Wilderness Trail and see the benefits for yourself. Walks take place rain or shine on M/W/F at 9am.
Come enjoy the many benefits of playing Ping Pong! In addition to just being fun, it improves balance and mental alertness, doesn’t put excessive stress on your joints, and stimulates different parts of the brain. This combination of movement, thinking, and socializing makes this an ideal activity for older adults. We play Mondays and Fridays after lunch starting at 1pm in the Main Hall.
Join instructor Janie, who has been line dancing for over 10 years, to learn the joy of line dancing, maintain fitness and coordination, and have fun. Wear light-weight, comfortable clothes and soft-soled shoes. This class is drop-in on Wednesday afternoons from 3:00-4:30, cost is $5, and punch cards are available. Your first introductory class is free.
This 15-20 minute exercise video aims to help you strengthen the muscles needed to help prevent a fall. There is no charge for this exercise that takes place in the main hall Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:30am, unless otherwise noted on the Senior Calendar.
Health and Social Services
GMVCC aims to help provide participants access a variety of services that will help enable them to live well and age in place.
Routine pedicure/foot care for seniors is provided by Karen's Foot Care on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month, as well as the 4th Thursday. Cost is $32 payable to Karen Poppleton the day of your appointment. This popular service fills up well in advance, so call 425-432-1272 to schedule your appointment today.
Medical Supply Lending Closet
GMVCC maintains a lending closet for use by anyone in our community who needs bathroom or walking aids. All equipment is available free of charge. We are always accepting donations! Donated items available for lending include: canes, crutches, walkers, shower chairs, bedside commodes, wheelchairs, knee scooters and more.
Call 425-432-1272 for available inventory.
Blood Pressure Checks
Firefighters from Maple Valley Fire & Life Safety perform blood pressure checks in our lending library on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month around 11:00am, depending on their availability.
AARP Smart Driver Course
The AARP Driver Safety Program is a refresher course for drivers age 50+. This 2-day course is designed to help you:
Tune up your driving skills and update your knowledge of the rules of the road.
Learn about normal age-related physical changes, and how to adjust your driving
Reduce your traffic violations and crashes
Drive more safely.
Qualify for an auto insurance premium reduction or discount. Specific state insurance laws vary - please consult your insurance agent for specifics in your state.
Volunteer Curtis Patterson specializes in working with senior citizens and provides free, caring, patient, one-on-one, competent computer assistance, including repairs, upgrades, diagnostics, tutoring, virus & spyware cleaning and more. PC and android are his specialty, but he willing to attempt Apple products well.
Call the Community Center at 425-432-1272 to arrange for your appointment. Age Requirement: 50+.
Health Insurance Assistance
SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefit Advisors) volunteers provide free and unbiased information on a range of consumer health issues people can use to make decisions based on their own unique needs, values, and circumstances.
SHIBA volunteers can provide information about:
Prescription Drug Coverage
Commercial Health Insurance
Long-term Care Insurance and Planning
Detecting and Reporting Fraud
Coverage through Tribal and Veterans Health Programs
Disability Health Insurance and Resources
Call 425-432-1272 to make your appointment.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels at the Greater Maple Valley Community Center is part of a national program that provides nutritious meals and other nutrition services to men and women in our local community who are elderly, homebound, disabled, frail, or at risk. For program details and to download an application for Meals on Wheels, please visit the Sound Generations website.
MOW in a volunteer-run program. Enthusiastic volunteers from the local community call participants to take meal orders, then pack and deliver over 200 meals each week to dozens of seniors in our local community.
Call GMVCC at 425-432-1272 for more information, or if you would like to volunteer for this important program.
In partnership with the Seattle Humane Society, we offer free pet food for qualifying low-income seniors. Dry pet food will be provided each month for up to three spayed/neutered cats or dogs per household. Canned food will be provided when available and if requested. Special dietary needs will be met if food is available. Complete and submit the Pet Food Application Forms to the GMVCC front desk.
For more information email Janet or call the Community Center at 425-432-1272 if you would like to volunteer to help with this program.
Community Center Shuttle
The GMVCC Van provides Maple Valley residents rides to and from the Community Center for programs and our MWF lunch. Service is available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 3 pm for those 55 years and older, disabled, or with limited income. Van rides are $1 each way within our transportation boundaries. $20 bus passes (good for 20 rides) are available. To schedule a ride call 425-432-1272 at least 24 hours in advance. Subject to availability.
Rides to Medical Appointments
We partner with Catholic Community Services Volunteer Chore Services Program to provide transportation for seniors living in Maple Valley and the surrounding areas. Rides are available at no fee for eligible seniors and disabled persons to and from medical appointments. Participants must enroll and meet eligibility requirements to participate. Availability is M-F from 9am to 4pm. You must be able to transfer into a private vehicle with minimal assistance.
To enroll in the program and/or schedule your ride, please contact Janet at 425-432-1272. Rides must be scheduled at least one week in advance of your appointment. Have details of the trip ready including name of rider, destination address, and time of appointment.
This Volunteer Program is in need of drivers. If you would like to help seniors get to medical appointments please call us.